The intention certainly wasn't to restart these recaps with an Oklahoma defeat, but unfortunately that appears to be the case. Iowa State, much like Texas A&M when they were in the Big 12, is a program Sherri Coale teams have just always had a problem with. Tuesday night in Ames was no exception as the Sooners suffered their first Big 12 loss on the season in somewhat blowout fashion, 82-61.
The Sooners did themselves no favors starting the game about ice as cold as any team possibly could be, but were still in the game thanks to an equally cold Iowa State team. The problem being however that OU's cold streak continued into the second half while ISU's did not. Oklahoma shot a horrid 32% in the game, were out-rebounded 43-22, and turned the ball over 22 times. All of which playing significant roles in their ultimate 21 point deficit.
To be honest, it kind of felt like one of these games was coming. This Oklahoma team had been playing incredibly well as of late, jumping out to a 4-0 start in Big 12 play, even after being ravaged by injuries this season. But in their last two contests, against TCU and Texas Tech, the Sooners had struggled in both yet still found ways to win. You had a feeling that a tough road trip to Ames could lead to something like this and obviously the Cyclones were all too happy to accommodate those fears.
Despite the disappointing end result, Oklahoma got another quality game from sophomore guard Sharane Campbell who finished with a team high 19 points. She was joined in double figures by teammates Aaryn Ellenberg (16) and Morgan Hook (11), but both did so on a poor shooting night going 5-17 and 2-13 respectively.
Unfortunately, it was just one of those nights where the shots weren't falling for OU and they were on the road against a quality opponent. It happens.
Oklahoma returns to action Saturday at 2 p.m. (CST) for a home game against a Texas team they beat 78-70 in Austin on January 5th.